France’s mistrust of vaccination ‘putting us at risk’

France’s recent record on vaccination is poor. Biologist and immunologist Françoise Salvadori explains some of the reasons why.

About half of French people either disagree or do not know in response to the statement “Overall, I think vaccines are safe”,  an article in the medical journal The Lancet revealed in November.

This is a bad situation, says Françoise Salvadori, biologist and immunologist at the Université de Bourgogne. To put the figure into context it is 16% in China and the UK and 13%, for example, in Germany.

Dr Françoise Salvadori is a biologist and immunologist

Dr Salvadori said: “Falling vaccination levels are affecting ‘herd immunity’. Tetanus is reappearing in France, as is diphtheria across Europe.

“The eradication of polio is slowing and only 20% of French nurses have taken up the offer of a free flu jab.”

The Lancet’s report followed a study of 65,819 people across 67 countries carried out by Dr Heidi Larson, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

The European Centre for Disease ...

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